Bible meditation versus The Ear Worm

“Find a quiet place and a comfortable chair. Sit down, don't cross your legs, rest your hands palms upward and close your eyes. Invite Father to presence Himself with you. Concentrate on your breathing. Centre yourself. Still your mind, focus on Jesus, listen to the rhythm of your breathing”…The roar of an early morning snore nearly makes me fall off my chair. Am I doing this right? Am I sticking to what I learnt on the Soul Spark course? Why did I fall asleep? Are eight hours' sleep no longe … [Read more...]

In the end, it’s all about love… nothing else.

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Ever notice how good theology is found in life and not the bible. This week, Fred’s wife died suddenly. He tried his best to be with her, but somewhere between Sidney and Victoria on a Handy Dart Bus she drifted out of this world across the threshold into what I can only imagine as infinite mystery.Fred is ninety-four and in this past year has been like that wobbly toy you had as a kid, no matter how hard you tried to stand it up, it would fall over. An old war wound, years of hard work and w … [Read more...]

Jesus-like living in the midst of other religions

 Many have seen the movie " The Kingdom of Heaven " the fictional drama of the interfaith tension in Jerusalem during the crusades. But, the reality was, there was some real interfaith conversation and radical fellowship happening in the midst of the violence of the crusades. Read the following true story with the reality of war torn places in the world like Iraq, Afghanistan,Gaza and Congo in the back of your mind. One can not wonder what possibilities of redemptive imagination and … [Read more...]

” Forest Life: by Shane Crash “…radical, scandalous redemptive imagination

For years I have been exploring the idea of faith on the fringe of church-ianity and beyond. I like to explore what I call, " radical, scandalous redemptive imagination." I believe our old maps are worn out, in a landscape that has changed dramatically, and continues to undergo rapid change...old maps can not take us into new lands. I believe poets, story tellers and artists have the uncanny ability to be new world prophets...to resurrect old myths, create new metaphors to recapture the … [Read more...]

Redemptive imagination: the intersection of humanity and God…future faith

This is one of my favorite stories is the gospels ( John 6:1-15 ), every time I read it, it is like a sun rise that slowly and mysteriously illuminates the landscape of reality to endless possibilities.  It continuously breaks the illusion that God is restricted to borders...that he gravitates to those he likes. As Jesus reminds us in Matthew 5:45, " In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and … [Read more...]

R(EVOLuTionary ) Faith…in a crisis

It's hard to imagine anyone coming across Jesus in the midst of the " world crisis " of his day thinking that Jesus was about reforming religion; maybe some institutional changes, a revamp of the worship style...more culturally relevant. They would have seen the tide changing, an uprising on the margins of an empire. It was simply a revolution.  Fast forward to today. Empire is still with us, and continues to spin a story of illusion, one of prosperity, security and … [Read more...]

On Cultural Necrophilia: A Christian Response

Little vampire by Ceskino Wikimedia Commons GNU License

Maybe it's my age, but I take issue with the cultural necrophilia flooding the airwaves. I cringe to hear my son share his fascination with zombies. What is it about the dead, semi-dead or human predators that moves us so deeply? Whether it's the vampire fetishes seen in Twilight or True Blood, the zombie apocalypse, realistic gaming carnage, or the Christian apocalypticism that takes little care for creation, all of these and more point toward a cultural necrophilia -- a love of death and d … [Read more...]

An Economic Pitfall

Social Media Marketing by Paola Peralta Wikimedia Commons

Erich Fromm's "Marketing Character" pinpoints a major frustration I've had with Christendom for the past decade. This principle of socio-economics exposes a monstrous pitfall for the Church lying beneath the surface of American social relationships. This one might hurt a bit since it reveals the dangers of cyber-networks, including our beloved Emergent Village Voice. Fromm's psychological training and life experience positioned him to see what now is. Post-WWII social dynamics evolved into the … [Read more...]

A Humanist Conversation

A few weeks ago I was a guest on a local (Minneapolis) Cable TV show hosted by the Minnesota Humanists.It was a really interesting conversation. One of the comments that struck me was the host mentioning that he had looked around the internet and had noticed that there were some people who were not, shall I say, "big fans" of mine. I mentioned that Christianity is a big family with many squabbles. He said, (my paraphrase) yes I have seen that, but it is not quite as bad as it is in the … [Read more...]

World Religions and Ecumenicism

Coexist - Nick Baumgartner via Wylio

For the past year, I've been teaching courses in Humanities at a local community college. In my professional role, I have to maintain a certain degree of detachment from the various topics from lecture to lecture. This includes the major world religious traditions. While maintaining my personal Christian faith, I have learned to appreciate the other traditions for their contributions to global faith and to personal enrichment. There is a measure of humanity that needs and longs for rites and … [Read more...]


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